We are creating a sacred space together at Essentials of Life Holistic Enrichment Center. We have been joining together to make repairs, do the creative work of painting and decorating, and now we're working on beautifying the grounds and then the outside of the building is next. It is all coming together so beautifully well!
But it's the love and the fellowship that makes this space so special. It is the fact that we gather here to worship the sacredness of all of life, together as one. It is the intent to use this space as a place for healing. It is the vision, the dream, the faith that's going into what we're doing here.
We ask that you honor this intention and join us in lifting each other up to their highest good. We can use this space we're creating as a practice zone for living our best, thinking our best, learning to applying the principles of healing that we're learning here.
When we're gathered together it's for the purpose of healing, so we need to keep this in mind and leave negativity outside. No gossip, no talk of defeat, no cursing, no violence of any kind. (No violence? Of any kind? Yes. This means we won't be serving animal products here at our meals.)
We realize when people go home none of us lives a perfect life. We think negative thoughts, we gossip, we do all sorts of things. But that doesn't matter, everyone's still welcome with us. You don't have to be vegan or sober or a non-smoker...you just have to be willing to rise to a higher level when you're with us.
We don't kick people out of church for being addicted, for being involved in adulterous affairs or anything else. We welcome ex-felons or anyone who wishes to come. You just have to behave in a manner respectful of all in order to attend what we've got going on.
Ex-felons? Addicts? Cheaters? What?!?! Yes, that is right. We would rather have those people come than the ones who think they are better and speak badly of others in church.
You see, creating a sacred space is about making a safe place for people to come into the realization of Love and Peace. It's a place where people can easily find the answers they seek. It's a place to find God. None of us are perfect, even though we are all created as perfect and whole. None of us is the perfect example of living according to God's plan for us. We get scared, we make bad decisions, we get in over our heads. Let's practice understanding and compassion when considering the challenges another may have.
So everyone is welcome, it is simply the behaviour while we are together that we are setting guidelines about. A positive, loving environment is what we wish to achieve. We don't care what your background is, your level of income, your sexual preferences, your eating habits, your medical choices, what kind of air freshener you use...AT HOME! Here, we would like to just accept each other the way that we are, and keep our environment free from negative words, actions that are hurtful to one another, no cursing, no synthetic perfumes, and no food that was produced at another's expense.
When we speak of our problems, we speak of them in a way that reflects God's healing presence is at work in us now. Instead of focusing on illness, we focus on wellness here. We are learning to trust this and so it would be helpful to express this in our words when we speak to each other. Let's support each other in this. For instance, instead of saying that so and so is sick, say they are healing. There's no need to name the supposed illness, unless you are seeking natural health information. But even then, remember this is just a name for a series of symptoms and not anything that has power in us. On ly God has the Power...IS the Power to HEAL. God is Life. God is Love. God is Good. These are the sentiments we would like to express in our church, to keep us in touch with the Power to heal.
Thoughts, words, deeds and living things carry vibration, just as do sound, aroma, color and light. Food carries vibration. Vibrations acting together have a direct impact on us. This is another sermon, but the highest vibration is Pure Love expressed.
It may seem that the guidelines are too simplistic, or on the other hand it may seem they are too strict. We're human. We make mistakes. We're simply a group of people coming together to learn the most that we can about God's healing Love, so we're simply expressing our desire to support ourselves and each other in doing just that! Let's not only learn about God's healing Love, let's learn to express it, to channel it, to use it in our everyday lives! Let's use it to heal ourselves, those we love, those we think ourselves to despise! Let's learn to use God's healing power, and let's hold to the highest standards we can while we are inside our church or in the company of one another here at Essentials of Life! THEN.....
Let's start practicing at home!
Of course we are already doing that. I'm not implying that we are only now starting, for I believe we are all on that journey already. But let's be more aware of our sacred space. Is it just in our church, or should not we think of our living space, too, as being sacred to us?!
And our body? Our bodies are the temple of God! Our bodies are as a church. May we choose to declare them as sacred and treat them as such, offering only the highest vibration in foods, actions, and scents, for instance. Think about whether we are honoring or defiling our bodies with what we subject ourselves to.
And our minds are also the temple of God. Our minds are the connecting link between us and the Divine. Our minds act as the vehicle for inspiration, for invention, for every action we take. We can use them to channel Good Direction to us, or we can use them to divert us from good. (Not from Good with the Capital G because God's always there...therefore Good's always there. However we certainly do sometimes make it hard on ourselves!) But back to topic, our mind is a sacred space which gives our life direction. Think on good, loving, peaceful and prosperous thoughts benefiting all others involved, and that is what will be returned to you. The mind is a good place to keep pure.
And the heart, of course, is the true kingdom of God. That is the most sacred space.
"Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21)
Blessings to you of God's healing Love!
Dr. Jody Evans, ND, CTN, CNHP, D.D.
Founding Minister, Essentials of Life Holistic Enrichment Center
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